SFDF Staff

The SFDF team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues and activities.


Mary Lawton, Secretary for the Cross Party Group on Food

Mary LawtonMary set up the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat. The Group acts as a policy forum for discussion and updating on food issues in Scotland.

Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at Consumer Focus Scotland. If you have any queries regarding the CPG on Food, please contact Mary at cpgf@sfdf.org.uk.


Kirsty Ritchie, Communications and Administrative Executive

Kirsty RichieKirsty's role is to coordinate and develop appropriate communications activity and event management, to showcase the achievements of SFDF and inform and engage members on industry issues.

She works with FDF to write appropriate communications for members, is responsible for the website and the coordination of events. She also provides the secretariat for the SFDF Executive Committee and sits on the Scotland Food & Drink Communications group. Kirsty is the first point of contact for the Scottish media.

Kirsty has a retail business background. She has gained valuable communications and administrative experience while working for Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.


Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for SFDF Schools Programme.

Moira StalkerMoira is the National Co-ordinator for SFDF's Schools Programme, which is supported by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, and Education Scotland.

Whilst the food and drink industry in Scotland is classed as a priority industry, it continues to experience skills gaps and labour shortages. A Future in Food facilitates industry and education partnerships to help to deliver the curriculum, using food as the context, and in doing so demonstrating the broader relevance of the skills and subjects learned in schools to the industry. It helps school children make the connection between the food on their plates, what they are learning in school and employment and rewarding careers in our dynamic industry.

Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to develop and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.

Prior to joining SFDF, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge. Moira also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.


Moyna Kennedy, Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors Network Manager

Moyna KennedyMoyna is the Network Manager for SFDF's Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors Network, funded by Skills Development Scotland. The Network is designed to inspire young people to join the sector by harnessing the skills, knowledge and expertise of people working within the food and drink sector.

She is also the Owner/Director of Mindful Management Ltd, which provides business consultancy in the life sciences and food and drink sectors, including detailed market assessments for investment decisions and market research for skills requirements.

Moyna has 20 years' experience working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries combined with five years in the public sector, latterly as Co-Director of the National Life Sciences team at Scottish Enterprise.


Inge Armstrong, PA and Administrator

Inge ArmstrongInge is the PA to SFDF's Director, providing effective diary management and administrative support to the SFDF office, including assisting with events and meetings and updating and maintaining SFDF's member and stakeholder database.

Inge has gained extensive experience in PA and administration roles with organisations including Asthma UK, Clearwater International Corporate Finance and the Affordable Art Fair.


Last reviewed: 21 Aug 2015